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      30.07.2013 14:36
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      A unique, refreshing and challenging puzzle game

      Wetrix+ is a fun, addictive puzzle game with that provides a real challenge and a unique game concept. Wetrix+ is a fully 3D game that utilizes Tetris style blocks that descend and are placed on a flat surface in full three dimensions rather than a 2D plane whereupon they will raise the land surface to fit the shape. The twist however is that these blocks are used to dam the flow of water and prevent it spilling over the sides of the play area. The basic aim of Wetrix+ much like other puzzle games such as Tetris is to survive for as long as possible and beat your own high score

      As well a shapes a number of other objects will fall to aid (or hinder) you, these include "downers" that will lower the terrain, bombs that blow a hole clean through your terrain, ice that will freeze the water solid and fireballs which evaporate all water it comes into contact with.

      At the side of the play area there are two indicator bars, one measure the amount of water spilled over the sides or through an open bomb hole, should this bar fill entirely to the top then game is over. The other bar is the earthquake bar which raises as you build up ever increasing amounts of land. Should this raise to the top an earthquake will occur and destroy all your dams and hard work and send water cascading over the sides filling up your drain gauge. The trick therefore is maintain a good dam system while keeping the amount of raised terrain you use at the minimum. This can be done by using terrain downers and carefully place bombs. Never throw a bomb through a bomb hole as this will immediately launch a number of additional bombs at random directly into the play area, which isn't something you particularly want to happen. Every so often a mine will drop into one of your lakes, these will float around harmlessly unless the water is evaporated at which point they will blow a hole through the terrain much like a bomb. Holes in the play area can be patched up by placing raising tiles over the affected area. You earn additional points for maintaining multiple lakes, particularly deep lakes will give rise to yellow rubber ducks on the surface which also yield bonus points for as long as they remain in play. Should you dam a certain level of water within the play area a rainbow will form overhead and this provides a "rainbow multiplier" which gives you a big bonus to your points while it remains in play.

      As the game progresses blocks and objects will drop at an increasing faster rate much like Tetris and so quick reflexes as well as careful planning is required. Once the game progresses one false move can be all it takes for you to see the Game Over screen so even seasoned puzzle gamers will find a lot of challenge here while the game is simple enough for anyone to pick up and play.

      In addition to Classic mode a selection of other modes of play are available which adds much needed variety to the game, these include a Practice Mode, Timed Challenge, Handicap Challenge and for the serious player there is extra daunting "Pro" mode.

      Graphics are simple and clean, while functional nothing particularly spectacular the game does have a certain unique art style and visual creativity. The camera can be zoomed in or out but unfortunately you can change the angle which would have been useful feature as it is sometimes unclear where exactly a leak has sprung, particularly as some areas of terrain can obstruct your view.

      The sound effects are very well done particularly the sloshing water effects, the explosions of the bombs as the tear the terrain apart and the quacks of the rubber ducks in some of the deeper lakes. Music is a techno dance track which is well composed but can be annoying after a while of listening to it, but this can be turned off.

      Like all good puzzle games Wetrix+ provides plenty of replay value as it isn't a the kind of game you can "complete" as such you just play to improve upon your score and skill. Wetrix+ can be played in short bursts and makes a good "chill out" game.

      Wetrix+ is a very well made and presented puzzle game that is suitable for anyone to play of all ages and both casual gamers and veteran gamers looking for something a challenge. Wetrix+ is a worthy addition to any Dreamcast game library.

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      10.10.2004 15:35
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      • "Loads loads more"

      This review about the game Wetrix, it is a classic game, been around for a while now, they have even made a sequel to the game, but don’t ask me, I have no idea what they have added, this game has barley made the ranks of playable, the sequel must be better hopefully. In this review I will talk about the good things (cough) and the bad (cough), so you will know if this game is for you or not.

      First off I will start off with what the game is, and the aim of the game. The game is weird, completely original. Sort of like Tetris in a way, you have blocks that you can place, random each time and you place them down, and then you also can get water, loads of it, or just a small sample. Then you can also get bombs, to get rid of things you don’t need. The aim of the game is to stop the water from falling off your grid, when it starts to get over whelming, you can get this option to evaporate the water, so you get more of a chance of surviving, or you could bomb the place, and loose instantly.

      That is roughly the aim of the game, and what it is, you start off with a small grid, and then you have to fortify the hell out of it. The levels get harder the further you get into the game, as in more chance to getting water, more chance in getting bombs, which you do not want.

      There is a point system, you get by evaporating water, the more you evaporate, and the more points you will get. You need to get a certain amount of points per game, so you can go on to the next level. There is challenging, Expert, and beginner, best to start off with beginner so you can get use to the controls, and what the game does like most games.

      There is nothing special about this game, a load of rubbish really, but it a make the rank of 2 star, as it brings some entertainment, then loads to some, and none for others. It is not a game that everybody loves, even though it has a 2 player, which is whom gets the most points before any of them loose, then who wins, and also has the most points will be the winner, nothing special really. Multi-player is the best form of this game, as you can have a few laughs with your brother or sister, or one of your mates.

      The playability of the game is ok, it is easy to play, and you can play it a lot when you first get the game, or first played it. It is easy to learn the controls so you can find out what to do, and jump straight back into the game at the beginning. The game is not really enjoyable, but it kills some time, if that’s what you’re after, then this game is the one you want to get.

      The game can be addictive, and then it cant, depending if you like the game or not, is how it could be addictive or not. If this is you sort of game, then you will obviously find it addictive, but if not, don’t even bother playing it, it will just kill time the way you would not want it to.

      The game is very original, as it is not a good game to make many sequels, as what can they do, add more different block shapes, come on, that must be crap. There is a sequel to this game on the Playstation 2, which will have better graphics and other things, but I warn you, the sequel was one of the first Playstation 2 games that came out, so it wont be that good.

      The graphics are not really that good, well up to the standards of the Dreamcast and Playstation 2, not even the N64, which is a brilliant console. It could be improved with loads or ways, first make it smoother, make it have better effects, this game has none of that, I doubt that the sequel is that good.

      There are no voices in this game, as there is nothing to be heard from, it tells you some hints within the game, and that’s it, but it is all in writing form, so don’t expect much from a bog standard game like this.

      The sound effects are ok; you get the noises of the placing, the water, and especially the bombs, but still not too brilliant of a game. The icon sounds, the noise of the evaporation of the water, and the points raising noise is a good thing to hear!

      The background music is ok if you decide to have it on; it has various music that has been purely made up for the game, which has a good variety, which is randomly played within the game. The menu and within the actual game, other areas of the menu also, so many places with background music which can be to your delight.

      The game is not really that difficult, you only really need to stop the water from going off the grid, and keeping it in a secluded place, so it can not get out, you will need to make the walls higher when it tells you that the water is over flowing the areas that you have set out for the water. It does get harder when the longer you are on the level, there is only 3 levels, one is beginner, and the others are challenging and Expert, for when you get to that stage of the game, if you are ready.

      The game is around £5 - £20, so it is not really good value for a game that is not really that good. I warn you hardcore gamers to stay away from this game, as it could cause brain damage to gamers like us, which in our intellectual minds, would not like that. I give this game a 2 star, as it scrapes higher then a 1 star, but no where near a 3 star, it is not average.


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        25.03.2001 22:56
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        Well to fully explaing Wetrix will hurt my head too much, but I'll see what I can do: Wetrix is a puzzle game. Blocks of different shapes fall onto the isometric square playing area. When an "upper" hits, the ground will raise in the shape of the object. A "lower" will, oddly enough, lower the ground!! geeeenius. So what do you do with your raised ground? Well, the object of the game is to create lakes and to stop the water from falling off the edge. Every so often instead of an Upper or Lower you'll get some water, drop this into your newly created lake and you're on your way to taking over the world. The more lakes you have, the higher your score, other extras come into effect too but ooh you're just going to have to wait for me to explain that. So how do you get rid of this water?? Well you'll also find fireballs which drop from the sky. Drop one of these into a lake and pssssssh as if by magic all the water evaporates!! yey!! (by the way pssssh was my evaporation sound). Well that's a brief idea of the game so you know what I'm blabbing on about. What about those extra things I hear you ask? Well i was just getting onto them.. The game starts off slow, blocks fall from above along with some water. After a while it gets more interesting. You'll find that to get a decent score you need to make use of such things as the "rainbow multiplier", this is obtained by having a certain amount of water on the level. Another bonus is the rather cute Rubber Ducky which is rewarded to you after you have built a deep lake. But there are dangers too, every so often bombs fall from the sky which make holes in the playing area (letting your water leak out). Other dangers are mines and the earthquake (which almost always finishes you off). Without these the game would be boring, but the developers have done themselves good with yet more of those creative jui
        ces. On your right is a water-scale-ometer (otherwise called, your "drain"). When this fills up to the max then it's game over for you me lad. As if the single player mode wasn't fun enough (which is it), you're also treated to a nice 2-player mode. Get a friend trained up, and you've got a very addictive little game which will last you through many drunken nights (or even none drunken!!). What's bad about Wetrix? I really can't find much to say against it. Maybe some more variations of play would be nice though I have never found myself getting bored of this game. With loads of different modes, difficulty levels and some training, you won't get bored of this quick. The action is frantic and tense. Decent graphics, sound and a nice interface makes Wetrix a game that every puzzle fan should own, and even some of the die-hard action fans should give it a go. Go on you know you want to. If you're still not sure then rent it or borrow it from a friend first and I'm sure you'll see the truth.

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          09.11.2000 23:28
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          The reviews that i read before purchasing this game did not give it the credit it deserves as i feel that it is generally quite good. Despite these reviews i decided to go out and buy this game through a recommendation from a friend. You may, at first, believe that this game is dull, but it grows more and more complex the longer you play and stick with it. That is the key, patience. The gameplay takes a few attempts to understand, but to master the game will take a long time. I love Tetris, and this game is a lot like Tetris in the fact that the biggest challenge is beating yourself. And with that, the higher you raise the bar, the more entertaining and challenging the game can be. The graphics are what you would expect from a game like this, basic. All in all a good puzzler.

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          02.08.2000 16:03
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          It's not Tetris.... I guess it's not called that though, and where is that reverse "R" on the keyboard anyway. Nice idea, and the graphics very nice. Wobbly water looks like water that type of thing... The ducks still make me laugh... But after the challenges have been complete and you get to the game, it just keeps giving the same old stuff, over and over again, there is only so many times that you can create lakes of water, fill in leaks caused by bombs etc. Two player is good fun, but there is never any, "oh no you've got another lake, that's going to really mess me up".. I guess Tetris was the same old stuff, perhaps the human race has moved on from games of rotating blocks, onto better stuff.

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          15.07.2000 17:46

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          Despite a lack of a few features and more challenges, the whole game comes off as fresh, addictive, challenging, and fun as hell. First, you're just trying to contain all the water you have in one big lake. But later as you progress, you get hit with earthquakes, double bomb strikes, mines (very nasty ), ice attacks, and other sudden events that can occur that must be dealt with, and the all-too-important bonus multipliers that can be obtained through certain objectives. The two-player mode makes it also insanely fun.

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